Ever since Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes was first announced last year, fans of the famous detective have been clamoring for the inclusion of Holmes' archnemesis, Moriarty. Early this week, the London Mirror reported a wild rumor that Brad Pitt would be taking on the role as a late addition to the cast. Naturally, the rumor was shot down. So, does that mean no Moriarty? It appears not.
Recently, MTV sat down with Guy Ritchie for an interview in which he confirmed that Moriarty will have "some kind of an appearance" in Sherlock Holmes. Of course, "some kind of an appearance" implies a wide range of possibilities. Is it completely beyond the realm of possibility that Brad Pitt could appear in the film?
The sheer fact that Ritchie is being so damned secretive - "All will be revealed. I’m afraid I have to be slightly ambiguous about this but you’ll understand what I’m talking about when you see the movie" - says to me that something awesome is brewing. It might still be a stretch to include Pitt, there's a good bet that the cameo in question will be a perfect set-up for any possible sequels.
On the other hand, maybe Ritchie is being coy because the Moriarty appearance isn't a cameo. There's a chance that the character could only appear in the film peripherally, perhaps through a newspaper mention or something like that. Obviously, I would prefer the former option, but everyone involved in the production has been so tight-lipped it's impossible to guess with any certainty what might happen. The only thing that we do know for sure is that, from the look of things so far, Sherlock Holmes is going to be a helluva a lot of fun.
What do you think? What kind of role do you think Moriarty will have in the film? Is it too far-fetched for a Hollywood A-Lister like Brad Pitt to play the cameo?
Sherlock Holmes will be released on Christmas Day in the United States and a day later in the UK for their Boxing Day.